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Disaster Recovery

Ignore Viruses, Theft, and Natural Disasters

A recent survey revealed that 45% of SMB IT executives have already experienced data loss. And with an average cost of about $9,000 per incident. Also, of all the instances where data was lost, about 14 percent were critical and unrecoverable.

But the most interesting finding from this survey was the fact that the primary causes of data loss were hardware failure at 54%, followed by human error at 28 %. Software corruption came in third at 9%.

Together, these 3 causes account for 91% of all data loss incidents.

To grab attention and stir controversy, the media often focuses on the most dramatic data loss causes, such as computer viruses, theft, and natural disasters. These 3 areas are usually also the top areas of concern in the minds of IT executives.

This is very interesting, because computer viruses, theft, and natural disasters collectively made up just 7 percent of all data loss causes. In other words, the 3 most talked-about causes of data loss account for an insignificant fraction of all incidents.

Now, you might be thinking:

“Are you actually suggesting that we should stop thinking about natural disasters, theft and viruses when putting together our data protection plan?”

As an IT person, you have limited resources, limited energy and limited attention. Focusing on sensationalistic distractions can be a waste of time. It’s much more productive to focus on your biggest threats, and on maximizing the value that IT provides to the rest of the company.

In order to overcome hardware failure, human error and software corruption, certain fundamental principles must be covered under your backup process. If you’re focusing on the most important causes of data loss, other areas will often take care of themselves.

These fundamental areas of focus might include things such as:
  • Maintaining redundant on-site and off-site backup copies
  • Monitoring and testing your backup process to ensure consistent recovery
  • Automating processes to prevent human error
  • Encrypting data to prevent breaches
  • Keeping your off-site copies encrypted, and in physically secure facilities
  • Establishing a secondary recovery site in case of a major physical outage at the primary data center

In fact, if you cover all of the fundamental best practices in anticipation of the leading data loss causes, you will also end up protecting yourself from these sensationalistic outliers.

Focusing on best practices is a holistic way of thinking about data protection. Not only does it save time and effort, but it also protects you against every possible data loss scenario… including those you haven’t even anticipated.

The opposite is also true. If you only focus on the most extreme cases, you may lose sight of the big picture. This is when vulnerabilities may creep into the process.

But remember, the point of this video isn’t just to help you stay completely protected. We also want to discuss ways that you could get more peace of mind around your data protection.

This raises an interesting question:

What’s the most efficient way to craft a comprehensive data protection plan that covers all the bases, adapts